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Old 01-05-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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Pastry brushes

So, pastry brushes - how do you clean them? And/or what do you reccomend for purchasing one? I bought a boar's hair/wood handle one recently, used it for an egg wash on won ton wrappers, and even after washing it smells gross.


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Old 01-05-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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I now use a couple of inexpensive silicone pastry brushes. They work fine and rinse off easily then go into the DW. I put my wood and bristle brushes in the DW as well.

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I was also going to recommend the silicon.

The bristle brushes are just a p.i.t.b., and are a chore to keep clean and dry. Not to mention the wood handles.
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:01 PM   #4
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What a shame. The hairs are porous. Try a weak solution of white vinegar and boiling hot water.
I don't spend alot on basting brushs.
I went to the big ORANGE BOX and bought a handful of cheapy
natural paint brushs for different things. And one large wallpaper brush for basting racks of ribs on the grill.
After bringing them home I wash in mild solution of dish soap & water, rinse with hot hot water, shake them out (Those cheap things like to give up alot of hair initially) then put them on the top rack of the dishwasher to dry.
I've never had a smelly brush yet, but don't mourn when I have to throw one out.
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:33 PM   #5
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I've never had any difficulties with bristle brushes. I always clean them in the dishwasher and have been doing this for over 30 years. The handles are fine, too. I also have a couple of silicone ones I really like. Dishwasher for them, as well.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:27 PM   #6
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After running through a few hair and plastic bristle brushes I only have my 2 silicone ones left. I find that in general they don't hold really thin liquids quite as well as finer bristled brushes, but they work OK, and make up for not performing as well by lasting longer and cleaning easily. Now I can make caramel/toffee popcorn and not worry about leaving the brush soaking in water for a couple days if I get lazy. The silicone doesn't deteriorate, and I've found that they're great at cleaning out coffee grinders, the particles stick to the silicone and it wipes out very clean.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:33 PM   #7
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I have 3 different silicone brushes - with varying numbers and thicknesses of the "bristles" - and they clean easily in the DW. I threw out the natural bristle one I had because I was always worried I couldn't get it completely clean.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:56 PM   #8
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I gave up on the hair and wood brushes and went with silicone and cheap paint brushes LOL. A three pack of them is actually the same price here as the regular basting brush so I don't get as upset when I chuck them.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:24 PM   #9
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Hm, I don't even know what kind I have. I picked up coupple in the restaurant supply store couple-3 years ago. I always put them in dw and never have any problems. They look as good as when they were new.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:46 AM   #10
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I vote for silicon too I never use my bristle ones anymore

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